Monday, December 28, 2015

Scriber's year in review

Today Scriber features a selective set of articles looking back on 2015 from different perspectives. Let's start with politics.

The Hill has a listing of winners and losers.

It’s been a wild year in politics, both on the presidential campaign trail and in the halls of Congress.

But as 2015 draws to a close, it’s time to take stock of who saw their fortunes rise, and who might want to put the past 12 months behind them.

Not surprisingly, Donald Trump leads the list of winners.

Love him or hate him, 2015 was the year of Trump.

His presidential candidacy, dismissed as a joke at its inception, became the biggest story in politics and transformed the Republican race.

With only a month to go until the Iowa caucuses, the real estate mogul is the clear front-runner for the Republican nomination, and shows no signs of slowing down.

His effect, not just on the GOP but on American politics more broadly, will be debated for years to come. Republican opponents of Trump fear he is corrosive to the party’s brand, given his deeply controversial comments about illegal immigrants, Muslims and women.

But Trump’s support among voters angry with the Washington establishment has held firm, suggesting his candidacy may be no passing fad.

And, not surprisingly, Jeb Bush leads the list of losers.

It has been a miserable year for the former Florida governor, who was considered the GOP frontrunner when he launched his campaign in June.

Trump has tormented him relentlessly, labeling him a “low energy” candidate and a loser. Now Bush sits at single digits in the polls, with a comeback victory in New Hampshire perhaps his only hope.

While Bush has blamed Trump for his woes, recently calling him a “jerk,” the problems in his campaign run far deeper.

Bush and his allies have spent around $26 million on TV campaign ads, to little discernible effect. The candidate lies a distant fifth in the RealClearPolitics national polling averages and is sixth in New Hampshire, a state he has guaranteed he will win.

Goes to show ya. The only group worse at predicting politics than the political pundits (also on the losers list) is the candidates.

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